School News

District staff walk safe routes to school.

Scouting the Routes for Safe Walks to School


The school bell times at McKinley will change with the beginning of the 2018-19 school year. Our new start time is 7:30 AM and we will dismiss at 2:25 PM, with a 75 minute early dismissal on Wednesdays. Please click on the headline to learn more about how we are engaging our staff to ensure an orderly transition when school resumes August 23.

Sarah Grady

Welcome, Mrs. Grady!


Dear McKinley Staff, Parents and Families, It is with great pleasure that I announce Sarah Grady as the new Principal at McKinley Elementary School for the 2018-2019 school year.  Mrs. Grady is the current Dean of Students at Stowe Elementary in Des Moines. Mrs. Grady started her career at River Woods Elementary and has also taught at Edmunds … Read more »

Get Connected with SchoolCNXT


McKinley is piloting a new app that will help you and our school stay in touch about special events, activities and communications. Here are some resources for you to utilize to get started. Simply visit your smartphone’s app store and search for the “SchoolCNXT” app. Once you download and test it out, you will find … Read more »


The May issue of the McKinley newsletter is here! Click the link below to read the newsletter (English & Spanish). The additional link is advice for parents on limiting “screen time” with their kids (English & Spanish). Enjoy! Click here for the McKinley Newsletter Click here for the article on screen time  

Student Assistance Program


Des Moines Public Schools has partnered with Mosaic Family Counseling Center to provide FREE, CONFIDENTIAL services to children and families who are in need of behavioral health services. This could include bullying, feelings of anxiety and depression, relational issues and family stress, difficulty concentrating, aggressive behavior, grief and loss, trauma and other areas of concern. … Read more »

Join the Family Involvement Team


The next @McKinleyDSM Family Involvement Team (FIT) meeting is set for Monday, April 9 at 6:30 p.m. Any and all family members of current McKinley students are welcome to attend these monthly meetings. Learn more about what’s happening at your child’s school and support us with your time and talent. See you then!

Upcoming Events

Aug 14
School Board Meeting
Aug 15
Kindergarten Jumpstart
Aug 16
Kindergarten Jumpstart
Aug 17
Kindergarten Jumpstart
Aug 17
Parent Informational Meeting for Kindergarten

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About McKinley Elementary School

1610 SE 6th Street, Des Moines, IA 50315

P: 515-242-8423 | F: 515-242-8496 | E: 


McKinley Elementary serves as a school and as a resource center for our diverse community. Many of our PK-5 students bring a rich cultural heritage that finds expression at McKinley, a school that has served the community since 1902. Read More…

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